Demcon acquires slice of FPGA specialist Qbaylogic

Nieke Roos
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UT spin-off Qbaylogic intends to position its Clash language as the third language for programming FPGAs, in addition to and above VHDL and Verilog. Demcon’s involvement will enable the company to grow further and develop new products.

Last month, Enschede-based technology developer and manufacturer Demcon acquired a share in Qbaylogic. This spin-off from the University of Twente has created a new hardware description language for FPGAs, called Clash, as an alternative or supplement to the low-level languages VHDL and (System) Verilog. The company was taken on by Demcon’s incubator program in 2016, enabling it to support clients in the development of hardware. A successful project for Demcon confirmed the potential of Clash. Demcon’s financial involvement will enable Qbaylogic to grow further and develop new products, such as tools to accelerate working with the language.

Clash is intended for functionally programming FPGAs at a higher level of abstraction, describing the structure or architecture of an application in terms of the desired functionality. It automatically translates the functional design into the actual hardware programming in VHDL or (System) Verilog. Thus, for example, computational operations can be programmed in parallel, while the classical languages work sequentially, and therefore only extract half the maximum performance from an FPGA. With Clash, according to Qbaylogic, you can squeeze the most out of it, which makes the resulting architecture cheaper, faster and more energy-efficient. In addition, a program can be tested more quickly and easily than with, for example, VHDL.

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